compact (kom-pakt), n. An agreement or covenant between two or more parties, esp. between governments or states.

family compact. An agreement to further common interests made between related people or within a group that behaves as a family. ? Historically, some international treaties among nations ruled by monarchs have been called family compacts because of intermarriage among the royal houses.

interstate compact. A voluntary agreement between states enacted into law in the participating states upon federal congressional approval. Cf. INTERSTATE AGREEMENT. [Cases: States

6. C.J.S. States ¡ì¡ì 31¨C32, 143.]

TermBase Contributor
Carl, Chinese legal translator, specializes in translating legal documents pertaining to complex business disputes.